Book Launch Party @ Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Sep 30 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

To celebrate the release of my debut novel, Alara’s Call, I’m holding a party September 30, 1–3 p.m., in Conway Hall on the campus of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. The event will include a dramatic reading of a key scene from the book, and I’ll talk about my journey to publication, which is a lesson in perseverance. Light refreshments will be served. And of course there will be door prizes!

16th Annual Florida Writers Conference @ Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Oct 19 – Oct 22 all-day

Whether you’re just getting started, or midway through a 400-page opus, or have published multiple books, the Florida Writers Conference is the one writers conference for you.

This year there are even more reasons why you should attend, ranging from the lineup of agents and editors from leading literary agencies and publishing houses, to our National Guest of Honor David Morrell, and Steve Berry, the Florida Writer of the Year.

5th Annual Florida Youth Writers Conference @ Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Oct 21 @ 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

The Florida Youth Conference features a colorful cast of characters—a team of authors, agents, and other industry professionals who will help fine-tune your writing skills and supercharge your publishing savvy.

Sessions will include the craft and business of prose and poetry, the legal stuff, and practicing your perfect pitch. We’ll also have a Q&A session, so you can ask all those burning questions about how to become a successful writer.

Plus, celebrate our winners at the Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards Lunch Banquet and newly published authors at the Youth Collection Author Signing—this could be you!

Orange County Library System Writers Conference @ Orlando Public Library
Jan 27 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

This one-day writing conference has a variety of classes on the business and craft of writing. A photographer will be available from 10 a.m. to noon to take head shots. I will be teaching my Systematic Approach to Book Editing class at noon. Other classes include How To Get a Great Agent, A Prose Writer’s Guide to Learning from Poetry, and Productivity Planning for Writers. A book signing will start at 4 p.m., and I’ll be there with copies of Alara’s Call.

Florida Christian Writers Conference @ Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
Feb 21 – Feb 25 all-day

The 2018 FCWC features keynote speaker Tosca Lee, an amazing author and speaker.

My friend Shellie Arnold and I will be leading the Manuscript Critique Workshop again this year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work on your manuscript in a fun and supportive setting.

FCWC offers an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a dream to write but don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.